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L.A. Commuter Train Kills Teen Girl

November 23, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A Metro Blue Line commuter train struck and killed a 16-year-old girl as she ran across the tracks, authorities said.

The accident near the San Pedro station Friday morning was under investigation, but police said it appeared the teenager was trying to catch the train as it pulled into the station.

``She may have been a little late. She saw the train coming, ran diagonally across the tracks ... was struck by the train and run over,″ Sgt. Kevin Custard said.

The death was the 61st along the light railway linking Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles since the 22-mile line opened in 1990.

According to Federal Transit Administration figures cited by the Los Angeles Times, the Blue Line has the worst fatal accident rate among light-rail lines in California and is among the deadliest railways in the nation.

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